Xirrus Adds Calix CEO Russo To Board

Thousand Oaks-based Xirrus, the developer of wireless networking equipment headed by Dirk Gates, has snagged the CEO of networking equipment maker Calix for its board. Xirrus said it has added Carl Russo, President and CEO of Calix, to the position. Russo also has previously served at Cisco, where he was vice president of optical strategy and group vice president of optical networking, and also had been at Network Systems Corporation, AT&T Paradyne, Cerent (acquired by Cisco), and most significantly, Xircom, which was Dirk Gates' last startup. At Xircom, Russo was COO and responsible for sales, marketing, development, and manufacturing.